Welcome June OSSLC students!

We are going to have a fun few weeks together.  I am excited to be putting together units that involve food, fun, reading an exciting novel, media studies, and much more.  It is difficult having to do a summer school course.  So I am hoping that our time together will be engaging, challenging and fun.  So here we go!

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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized


Hamburger Paragraph Structure

esq-in-n-out-burger-080709-lg-45867371Students are learning to properly write paragraphs using the “hamburger” structure.  This means that we use the visual of the layers of a hamburger to remember the main structural sentences that must be in a paragraph to make it complete.  Today students are using the topic of their favorite foods for their paragraph blog.

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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized


This is what we want to see in our ESLDO class

The Blog

Last month, we attended the Modern Language Association’s annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, and had a great time talking to educators about how encourages in-class conversations to keep going and keeps students and parents up to date. Today, we’re taking a closer look at how some tech-savvy teachers are using to create educational experiences that seamlessly blend the traditional and virtual worlds.

The Paper-Free Class Experiment

My name is Mr. Hays and I teach 8th grade Language Arts. I am a National Board Certified teacher, and I have been reflecting on my role as a teacher this past summer. This year, I  have decided to try a radically different approach to teaching. I want to step away from the traditional classroom for a while and see just how much we can do online.

With The Paper-Free Class Experiment, Florida middle school English teacher James Hays has built…

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized